2013 marks the 25th anniversary the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center. Our origins were humble: a trailer parked near University Hospital
But we had a grander vision: that everyone involved in the fight against cancer should work together under a single roof. This would mean researchers and doctors from every specialty sharing the same building as the patients who would benefit from their collaborations.
Our Cancer Center building, which opened in 1997, does just that. It was radical at the time; today, it is the standard for comprehensive research and treatment centers nationwide, including several here at the University of Michigan Health System.
Today, our nine-story building continues to provide a welcoming, reassuring setting to patients and families, and a stimulating, cooperative environment for researchers, all seeking the same thing: answers to cancer's most difficult questions.
The Cancer Center building, located next to University Hospital at the west entrance to the U-M Medical Center, houses outpatient care facilities on the lower four levels and research laboratories and faculty offices on the upper five levels. A dedicated six-level parking structure adjacent to the building provides 1,000 convenient patient and staff parking spaces.
The state of cancer research and care is rapidly evolving, and so are we. As treatment models move toward more care that is individualized to the needs of each patient, we are working to expand the locations where patients can receive care, beginning by offering chemotherapy infusion services at both the Med Inn adjacent to the Cancer Center and the U-M Health Center in Canton, Michigan.
As our translational research efforts involve more investigators from more areas of study, we have moved beyond the walls of the Cancer Center. Our researchers have laboratories throughout the U-M Medical Center, including the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Science Research Building, the Medical Science Research Buildings and the Life Sciences Institute.
The Translational Oncology Program includes numerous researchers and labs at the University's North Campus Research Complex, a 174-acre facility with 2.1 million square feet of research space, located on U-M's north campus. There, cancer investigators can easily collaborate with scientists from fields including pharmacology, chemistry, bioengineering, structural and systems biology and more. Learn more about the North Campus Research Complex.